Many wonder who killed Jesus. Was it the Jews? Some Jews? Those who say they are Jews, but are not? The Romans? Here’s my answer and God’s answer to that question. We all did. Jesus died for our sins, right? So we killed Him. Jesus did say that scribes, elders, and Pharisees would deliver Him to the Gentiles to kill Him, but His death served an incredible purpose.
Starting from the gospel in Matthew is the listing of all generations from King David to Yeshua or Y’shua (”Jesus” in the Hebrew). Jesus is actually the Greek version of the Jewish name “Joshua” and is pronounced Yeshua. In Genesis they list the generations from Adam to Seth (since Abel was murdered and Cain was not of the line of Adam), on and on to Noah, then again on and on to King David. Notice they were all Jews from that lineage.
When the time was right for Jesus, He wandered through the desert for forty days while fasting to be tempted by Satan. This is significant because it shows Satan knew what Jesus was able to do. He knew Jesus had the ability to sin, even though He never did. Satan did his best to make Him fail because if Jesus did sin, this creation would be in a lot of trouble right now. God might have had to erase this whole age and start again at best. For those who don’t believe Jesus had the ability to sin, ask yourselves why Satan would waste his breath trying to make Jesus fail? Satan knew exactly who Jesus was. How many of you did Satan offer all the kingdoms of the world to? I will go on a limb and say none. Satan wanted Jesus to fail to push off his death sentence longer and show God that our creation wasn’t worth His trouble. Maybe Satan was hoping God would then take pity on Satan and forgive him. Remember Jesus’ parable of the vineyard where the owner sent his slaves to receive the fruits from the laborers, but they abused some and even killed some. These slaves were the prophets. Then the vineyard owner sent his son, saying “they will respect my son”, but the laborers knew who the son was and wanted to claim his inheritance by killing him. The son was Jesus and the owner of the vineyard was God. Notice the evil laborers wanted the inheritance? What was the inheritance?
Maybe the most significant temptation from Satan was when he put Jesus on the pinnacle of the temple and said “For it is written, ‘He shall give His angels charge concerning You, and in their hands tney shall bear You up for fear at anytime You hit Your foot against a stone.'” Satan knew if he could make His death so painful and humiliating, perhaps Jesus would call on the angels to save Him because He couldn’t take anymore. This should reveal how horrific Christ’s death really was in every way. Imagine going through what He did and having the ability with one word get out of it. What an incredible price He paid. Despite Jesus’ words on the cross, God did not forsake Him, nor did He accuse God of doing so.
Jesus in order to die for our sins would have to live His life sinlessly. He had to be a pristine lamb to the slaughter. During His life, He echoed God’s laws and took on the traditions of men. There was no one to confound Him or break His stride. While people were looking at Him as the Messiah to end the Roman rule and bring about the promises given by God, many forgot that it was written of Him that He would die before setting up God’s kingdom on Earth. In Isaiah 53:7 it says that He was to be lead like a lamb to the slaughter and will take His death silently. Onto the tenth verse, it says it pleased the Lord to bruise Him. The reason why God was pleased when Jesus did die was that He was achieving His purpose. He was dying for the sins of this creation.
Getting to Psalm 22, it is designed to do something most incredibly wise. It is supposed to make our creation ask a question and find the answer when Jesus quotes it. Jesus says on the cross “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” It is supposed to make us ask “why wasn’t that a sin?” I’ve heard many explanations from traditional teachers and learners alike which amount to the babblings beyond Babylon. I’ve heard that in that moment Jesus sinned to become our sin. I’ve heard that it was Jesus’ moment of doubt and pain. Jesus NEVER sinned. To accuse God of forsaking Him would be a sin, but there is a reason why that isn’t a sin. The reason is Psalm 22. Psalm 22 starts off by simply saying “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Even when pointing this out to some, they will not come off their prior doctrine. Verse sixteen says that He will have His hands and feet pierced. In the new translations (at least one of them anyway), the word “pierced” is replaced by “bound”. The Hebrew word there is aw-ree, which indeed means “pierced”. That whole psalm was written about how Jesus would die 1000BC. That was probably at least part of the reason He knew He was going to be crucified. Jesus wasn’t speaking to God when He was on the cross. He was quoting scripture. He was telling our creation, who are willing to get past traditional, flawed teaching that Psalm 22 was about Him. That He indeed was the Messiah. Knowing this, what can an atheist say against this? Read Psalm 22. There’s not a more poignant psalm in all of the Bible.
Jesus defeated death for us after we brought death onto ourselves. Through Him we can find life everlasting. While not everybody is here to make a choice (some have particular jobs to do), those who need to make a choice will have to make it either in this age or the next one. The next age I will write about in a later post, but there indeed will be another age after this one. How can Jesus reign on Earth with His saints while Satan is imprisoned in the bottomless pit if His return ends the world? There’s a mistranslation there in Matthew 24:3 with the word “world”. It actually was the Greek word for “age”.
Jesus shared His messages with the world and lived without sin and hypocrisy. He rebuked sinners but tried to call them to righteousness. He warned our creation of the time to come and what would happen to us if we failed our Lord. He did not come to destroy the Law or the prophets, but to fulfill. He was simply saying it was time to forgive the sinner, but the Law and the words of God through His servants, the prophets still stands. Jesus even said that it’s easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one letter of the Law to be changed, so anyone saying that Jesus wasn’t as harsh as God was in the OT has it wrong. He just had a different job to do. Jesus fulfilled the need for the severe punishments to give for laws we seemingly break on a daily basis. God could relax knowing that He through His laws and punishments pushed Satan’s corruption of this creation off long enough for Jesus to be born and to die without sin to seal victory to those of us who want it. It was Satan who beguiled Eve and his purpose was to bring sin and death before it’s due time to wholly corrupt our creation and this age. This was the purpose of those harsh punishments for the laws. It’s pretty clear when you read Deuteronomy. Jesus opened the kingdom of heaven and went into the pits of the Earth to bring the righteous from their former resting place to something new. Jesus sealed up victory for the righteous and Satan’s failure by staying silent and taking His cruel, humiliating death. Praise Him and the One who sent Him!